EFI’s new direct-to-fabric and soft-signage printer with inline sublimation – the EFI Vutek FabriVU 340i – is an advanced aqueous dispersed dye-sublimation printer featuring a new platen and extraction system that enables inline heat press sublimation directly from the printer. EFI added that customers will gain greater convenience and value with this new printer, as it’s available at a price that’s “less than the cost of a comparable printer and heat press purchased separately.” Plus, the combined printer and heat-press system uses less floor space than would be required with separate printing and sublimation stations.
“Our new inline innovation for this product line creates direct-to-fabric prints that are immediately ready for finishing or shipping,” said Ken Hanulec, VP of Marketing at EFI Inkjet. “By combining two major production steps into one continuous process, our customers can drive greater throughput and take full advantage of the rapidly growing soft signage and fabric printing market.” The new printer provides the high quality of aqueous dispersed dye-sub printing, with sublimation completed inline at fast production speeds. Customers who occasionally need to print to transfer paper and then sublimate offline, can utilize a special direct-to-paper mode on the 340i for printing only.